Gordon D’Arcy: Why Ireland must starve All Blacks of possession

The task of beating New Zealand is enormous but these players have done it before

Ireland’s CJ Stander and Josh van der Flier tackle New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga at the Aviva Stadium last November. Ireland must  deny the All Blacks possession and momentum. Photograph: billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s CJ Stander and Josh van der Flier tackle New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga at the Aviva Stadium last November. Ireland must deny the All Blacks possession and momentum. Photograph: billy Stickland/Inpho

Playing these men in black stays with you forever.

I’ve been soaked and sodden in the trenches of a dark New Zealand winter. Those midweek Lions games in 2005. I’ve been speared on my head by Ma’a Nonu at Lansdowne Road not six months after the same fate took a season from Brian O’Driscoll.

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